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The Essentials: Your Name. (2016)

Two strangers find themselves linked in a bizarre way. When a connection forms, will distance be the only thing to keep them apart?
(PG, 106 min.)

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Synopsis: The day the stars fell, two lives changed forever. High schoolers Mitsuha and Taki are complete strangers living separate lives. But one night, they suddenly switch places. Mitsuha wakes up in Taki’s body, and he in hers. This bizarre occurrence continues to happen randomly, and the two must adjust their lives around each other. Yet, somehow, it works. They build a connection and communicate by leaving notes, messages, and more importantly, an imprint. When a dazzling comet lights up the night’s sky, it dawns on them. They want something more from this connection—a chance to meet, an opportunity to truly know each other. Tugging at the string of fate, they try to find a way to each other. But distance isn’t the only thing keeping them apart. Is their bond strong enough to face the cruel irony of time? Or is their meeting nothing more than a wish upon the stars? [FUNimation]

Starring: Ryûnosuke Kamiki, Mone Kamishiraishi, Ryô Narita
Director: Makoto Shinkai
Language(s): Chinese, Japanese
Genre(s):Animation, Drama, Fantasy

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"What a thing of beauty this film is."

— Cath Clarke, Time Out

"With its balance of grounded emotion and wondrous escapism, Your Name should firmly establish Shinkai as an auteur to follow for many years to come."

— David Sims, The Atlantic

"This vividly realized and emotionally satisfying feature ought to make Shinkai a household name - certainly in Japan, and with any luck, in other countries as well."

— Peter Debruge, Variety

"Your Name is a stirring tale of rescue with a boisterous edge of YA mischief. It's also a love story with a swoony romantic affinity for the age-old tussle between chance and fate."

— Ella Taylor, NPR

"The movie's spirit is by turns energetic and serene, impetuous and wise, its wild shifts from comedy to tragedy to romance revealing themselves not as tonal swings so much as variations in a larger cosmic pattern."

— Justin Chang, Los Angeles Times